Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria as instructed by the President Buhari will not stop its citizens from travelling to China following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
On Friday, Lai Mohammed spoke to newsmen shortly after a meeting of the inter-ministerial and multi sectoral committee on coronavirus held at the Ministry of Health in Abuja.
The minister said that rather than impose travel ban, there will be a travel advisory and guide offered to Nigerians, the advisory will present each traveling Nigerians with measures of avoiding the deadly disease.
Lai Mohammed added that the travel advisory will help Nigerians who wish to visit China or any other country where coronavirus has manifested to do so without any strains to their health and wellbeing.
”We know it is a bit difficult to ban people from travelling.
“Another thing is that this is not a basis to stigmatise people who come from there. “Even if we have Nigerians who are there, unless they indicate interest that they want to come home, we can’t force them.
“I know we have Nigerians in Wuhan; our Embassy in China has confirmed that we have about 16 Nigerians in Wuhan and they are in touch with them.
“They have, however, not indicated their interest to come home. They will, however, contact our embassy if they like to come home,” he said.
The minister said there was a need for the general public to be enlightened and for Nigerians travelling to be absolutely transparent.
“We need a lot of public enlightenment. We need to let people who travel know that there is a need for absolute transparency and absolute honesty when they are filling out forms,” Lai said.